Was I overcharged for my towing bill?

"Do they charge more for digging a car out of snow; isn't that part of towing a car in general? My little Fiat was stuck in the snow last winter, buried under about 3' of snow. The towing bill was about $250 and the tow truck guy said it cost more since they had to dig the car out."

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Shannon Martin
Answered on Jul 28, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
“$250 is a sizeable towing bill, especially if you aren’t expecting it!
It is standard for towing companies to charge more for hazardous situations such as:
  • cars stuck in the snow
  • pulling trees off vehicles
  • cars stuck in the mud
Helping people in these situations comes along with dangers that a typical tow does not have to face.
If you have towing coverage or membership to a club like AAA or Urgently, call them and see if they have any towing exceptions or extra charges that will apply in more hazardous situations in case this happens in the future.”
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